Bluffton #1 Most Enterprise-friendly City in SC


April 10, 2017


Bluffton ranked #1 Most Enterprise-friendly City in South Carolina
Formula-based research aims for comprehensiveness; results are a blueprint for the future

Columbia, SC — The research is in: South Carolina is a great place to do business. In a recent report, Palmetto Promise Institute (PPI) unveiled the most enterprise-friendly cities in the state.

Topping the list is the Town of Bluffton. Buoyed by an impressive decadal population growth, healthy job growth and a low business tax burden, Bluffton scored a total of 81.07 points out of a possible 100 points. Mauldin, Greer, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn round out the top 5 respectively.
To determine the strength of a city’s enterprise friendliness, PPI used a formula which measured and scored four major categories: economic vitality, business tax burden, community allure and transportation infrastructure.

Co-authored by Dr. John Hill of American Indicators and Dr. Oran Smith and Adam Crain of Palmetto Promise Institute, the report compiles data in the aforementioned categories and ranks cities based on that data.

Commenting on the report, Palmetto Promise Institute President Ellen Weaver said, “While many reports exist that compare states in terms of their attractiveness to business, Palmetto Promise is proud to present the first such comparison of cities within our state. Creating a local environment conducive to job-creation is essential to South Carolina’s future prosperity. We congratulate The Town of Bluffton on leading the way for the Palmetto State.”

“The Town focused on economic recovery throughout and after the recession as Bluffton established a business-friendly framework,” Bluffton Town Manager Marc Orlando said. “Town leaders were clear they wanted Bluffton to emerge as a regional leader in economic development.  I am proud our staff members diligently work every day to support commerce.”

“Bluffton is special because it offers the progressiveness of a larger city with economic tools such as our innovation center, public-private partnerships and a multi-county commerce park while offering small town charm and a coastal lifestyle,” Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka said. “Town leaders are very mindful to grow and diversify our economy in ways which also preserve our high quality of life.”

The top-ten most enterprise friendly cities and their overall score are listed below.

  South Carolina City Score (out of 100)
1) Bluffton 81.07
2) Mauldin 75.07
3) Greer 72.52
4) Simpsonville 72.39
5) Fountain Inn 70.05
6) Greenville 69.84
7) Hilton Head Island 68.60
8) Spartanburg 66.82
9) Tega Cay 66.58
10) Union 63.96



About Palmetto Promise Institute
Founded in 2013, Palmetto Promise Institute is an independent, South Carolina-based non-profit research organization.  The Institute exists to promote a flourishing South Carolina where every individual has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Palmetto Promise seeks to build intentional relationships and promote well-researched public policy ideas in a creative, relevant way, in order to create a culture that values mutual respect, personal freedom and informs and inspires people to work together for our shared future.

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Palmetto Promise Institute promotes public policies that remove barriers to opportunity and help South Carolinians flourish. By unlocking the full promise of the Palmetto State and her people, South Carolina can lead a state-driven American renaissance.